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Quote: Originally Posted by Shantimama When I hear what their monthly health insurance premiums are, and their co-payments for health care, I am not convinced that they are any further ahead financially - especially if there is a medical crisis. It is just a question of where the $$$ is going - to the insurance companies or to taxes. There is no perfect system, they all have room for improvement. Really good point. Dh and I work freelance,...
Quote: Originally Posted by domesticzookeeper Somewhat OT question, but why do these wonderful countries have to be so darn far north? As an S.A.D. sufferer, I'd be hesitant to move into places with even darker and colder winters : The winters weren't a lot colder where I was in Sweden, but they were longer, and by Feb., every time I got in my car I would think to myself, "I could just drive south...I could be in Italy tomorrow!" It was like...
That's interesting -- I just got mail from a friend in Sweden who remarked that NIP had, in the last few years, been looked less favorably on in Stockholm. This is a change from the past, and it's been an issue as most Swedes take the right to NIP for granted. I nursed my toddler everywhere while in Sweden, and it was a non-issue. I e-mailed my friend a link to Mothering's new breastfeeding logo, which she loved. The logo is very similar in style to the Swedish signs...
I guess part of what I think is weird is the assumption of a "drone" mentality in Scandinavia *that is greater* than what you see in the US. Yes, in some ways you see more acceptance of the way things are, but in others it's very easy to opt out. In Sweden when I said, "We're not vaxing," that was the end of it. They didn't cheer, but they didn't say my kids couldn't attend school. Here I live in a state where there is no philosophic exemption, and I've been dodging the...
I lived in Sweden for three and a half years with my husband and (then) three kids (we have four now). It was an incredible experience for our family. For context: I'm a mother who has spent fourteen of the last fifteen years either pregnant or breast feeding, I stayed home when the kids were very young, and have tried to find ways to balance work and family as the kids got older. Now we live back in the US, and dh and I both work freelance (him more hours than me), and...
I enjoyed it. I'm Iranian-American, though, so many of the details made me think of my first home. I was pretty emotional while reading it, but it's hard to know how much was the book, how much was just longing for things and people I miss.
I pay $10-11 an hour for care for my 18 month old. That's generally for 7-15 hours of care a week, in my home. (Often while I am working from home.)
I don't know...I have four, my oldest is 12 years old, my youngest is 17 months, and I know I don't want any more children. But I still *crave* the idea of another baby from time to time (usually right around when I'm ovulating!). I suspect that I'll continue to want another baby despite the fact that I am quite sure my family is complete (and there are many other things I want to have time to do!), so for me the decision is emotional some of the time, but intellectual...
Our taxes last year involved income earned and tax paid in two different countries. When we did it ourselves it looked like we would owe $1700, but then we went to an accountant who understood our status more completely and filed in such a way that we got more money than that *back*! Our tax packet was about 40 pages thick and we paid $400 and saved more than $1000 over and above that. Seek help!
My problem with the statement isn't that it's harsh, unkind, or judgmental, it's that it is FALSE. It clearly implies abdication of responsibility. I seriously doubt that the *majority* of working mothers abdicate the responsibility for raising their children, much less the very nurturing AP mothers and fathers on this board. I'm not offended when someone says, "I don't want someone else raising my children," I might have even said something similar a decade ago, but...
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